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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 16 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge 10 0 Browse Search
Charles E. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe compiled from her letters and journals by her son Charles Edward Stowe 6 0 Browse Search
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y he is best known as a humorist. After some twenty years he was an honored professor in the Harvard Law School and a much sought after poet for social occasions. But in 1857 his series of essays in The Atlantic Monthly, under the title The Autocrat of the breakfast table, brought him national recognition. Their wit and humor have made them the most popular essays written in America, and they have gained wide reception in England. He also wrote three novels, the best known of which is Elsie Venner. Many of his poems, such as The last Leaf and Dorothy will long continue to give him a warm place in the public heart. The poem in this volume, Brother Jonathan's lament for sister Caroline, is characteristic of Holmes' kindly disposition—striking as a piece of prophecy before the war had really begun. The last thirty-four years of his life, ending in 1894, were filled with a large variety of literary work. extension of my time to enable me to continue my work. I am further thankful,
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Doctor Holmes. (search)
scientists with two torpid rattlesnakes which suddenly came to life on the president's table. Does it arise from their custom of dealing with deadly poisons, or is it because they officiate as the high priests of mortality? Doctor Holmes's Elsie Venner was one of the offshoots of this peculiar medical interest, and when we think of it in that light the story seems natural enough. The idea of a snaky woman is as old as the fable of Medusa. I read the novel when I was fifteen, and it made asrs to have known very little concerning poisonous reptiles; had never heard of the terrible fer-de-lance, which infests the caneswamps of Brazil — a snake ten feet in length which strikes without warning and straight as a fencer's thrust. But Elsie Venner and Holmes's second novel, The Guardian Angel, are, to use Lowell's expression on a different subject: As full of wit, gumption and good Yankee sense, As there are mosses on an old stone fence. In the autumn of 1865 some Harvard studen
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 3: Holmes (search)
orse his biographer admits, a tinge of the sporting man about him, liked to see a fast trot, and describes the taste for horse flesh of his own Major Rowens in Elsie Venner so vividly that the most confirmed pedestrian can hardly read the account without a thrill. He knew the records of the prize ring, and sometimes measured the et deeper questions that his three novels, well characterized by an elderly lady as his medicated novels, all turned in different degrees. The first of these, Elsie Venner, achieved a permanent fame both as a picture of New England life and as a scientific study. How widely either has achieved that popular recognition which is sly trained minds, it also seems to me a wonderfully condensed and vigorous piece of writing, and it is to be read in connection with that remarkable passage in Elsie Venner, where the author speculates in respect to the attempted murder of his young schoolmaster. Boston, December 28, 1867. Dear sir, I should prefer to say that
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 5: Lowell (search)
s of the inside of that great social millstone which, driven by the river Time, set imperatively a-going the several wheels of our individual activities. He goes on with his rich and delightful gossip, but there is never a moment when some bit of reminiscence, some good pun, some remembered phrase from Sir Thomas Browne, may not interrupt the flow of the sentence. From this Holmes is far more free; he takes almost as many and as varied flights, but his art is better. Sometimes, even in Elsie Venner, he tires you with the details of scientific speculation; but the literary part is always well done. The defect in this direction began to show itself very early in Lowell, and I remember that when he began to write in the London Daily News in 1846, there was a general complaint, both at home and abroad, over the longwindedness of his prose style. This he overcame, but the tumultuous inequality lasted and was, indeed, a part of his charm. The London Spectator said well of him, Mr. Lowe
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Index (search)
26, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38, 53, 58, 59, 63, 68, 69, 70; theory of biography, 75; letter about engagement of his parents, 75; his letter in reply, 76; childhood, 77-81; letter of thanks for a reminiscence of his father, 81; early manhood, 82-84; medical practice and professorship, 84; lecturing, 85; influence of Emerson, 85-86; middle life, 86; success of The Autocrat, 86-87; as a talker, 88-90; literary opinions, 90-91; characteristics, 92-93; relations to science, 94-96; heresies, 96-98; Elsie Venner, 98; religion, 98-102; Little Boston, his favorite character, 103; clubs, 104-105; wit, 106; later life, 107-108; death, 108; 111, 114, 125, 127, 135, 136, 147, 148, 155, 158, 185, 186, 188. Holmes, O. W., Jr., 105. Horace, 55, 113. Howe, Dr. S. G., 104. Howells, W. D., 69, 70. Hughes, Thomas, 177. Hurlbut, W. H., afterward Hurlbert, 66. Ingraham, J. H., 139. Irving, Washington, 35, 117. Jackson, Miss, Harriot, 75. Jacobs, Miss S. S., 58. James, Henry, Sr., 70. James
Charles E. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe compiled from her letters and journals by her son Charles Edward Stowe, Chapter 15: the third trip to Europe, 1859. (search)
er return to America Mrs. Stowe began a correspondence with Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, which opened the way for the warm friendship that has stood the test of years. Of this correspondence the two following letters, written about this time, are worthy of attention. Andover, September 9, 1860. Dear Dr. Holmes,--I have had an impulse upon me for a long time to write you a line of recognition and sympathy, in response to those that reached me monthly in your late story in the Atlantic ( Elsie Venner ). I know not what others may think of it, since I have seen nobody since my return; but to me it is of deeper and broader interest than anything you have done yet, and I feel an intense curiosity concerning that underworld of thought from which like bubbles your incidents and remarks often seem to burst up. The foundations of moral responsibility, the interlacing laws of nature and spirit, and their relations to us here and hereafter, are topics which I ponder more and more, and on w
ng). I never had the pleasure of a personal acquaintance. I feel with you that we have come into the land of leave-taking. Hardly a paper but records the death of some of Mr. Stowe's associates. But the river is not so black as it seems, and there are clear days when the opposite shore is plainly visible, and now and then we catch a strain of music, perhaps even a gesture of recognition. They are thinking of us, without doubt, on the other side. My daughters and I have been reading Elsie Venner again. Elsie is one of my especial friends,--poor, dear child!--and all your theology in that book I subscribe to with both hands. Does not the Bible plainly tell us of a time when there shall be no more pain? That is to be the end and crown of the Messiah's mission, when God shall wipe all tears away. My face is set that way, and yours, too, I trust and believe. Mr. Stowe sends hearty and affectionate remembrance both to you and Mrs. Holmes, and I am, as ever, truly yours, H
lorida nature and home, 468; reply to letter of sympathy giving facts in the Beecher case, 473; from Professor Stowe on spiritualism, 419; letter to H. B. S. from, 421; with sympathy on abuse called out by the Byron affair, 458; on effect of letter of H. B. S. to Mrs. Follen upon her mind, 460; on joy of sympathy, 460; reply to letter on spiritualism, 466; sympathy with her in the Beecher trial, 472. Elmes, Mr., 57. Elms, the old, H. B. S.'s seventieth birthday celebrated at, 500. Elsie Venner, Mrs. Stowe's praise of, 360, 362, 415. Emancipation, Proclamation of, 384. Emmons, Doctor, the preaching of, 25. England and America compared, 177. England, attitude of, in civil war, grief at, 369; help of to America on slave question, 166, 174. English women's address on slavery, 374; H. B. S.'s reply in the Atlantic monthly, 374. Europe, first visit to, 189; second visit to, 268; third visit to, 343. F. Faith in Christ, 513. Famine in Cincinnati, 100. Fic
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), Standard and popular Library books, selected from the catalogue of Houghton, Mifflin and Co. (search)
$21.00. New Gold Edition. 6 vols. 16mo, illustrated, the set, $Io.CC George S. Hillard. Six Months in Italy. 12mo, $2.co. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Poems. Household Edition. 12mo, $2.00. Illustrated Library, Edition. Illustrated, full gilt, 8vo, $4.00. Handy Volume Edition. 2 vols. 12mo, gilt top, $2.50. The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. 12mo, $1.50; 12mo, $2.00. The Professor at the Breakfast-Table. 12mo, $2.00. The Poet at the Breakfast-Table. 12mo, $2.00. Elsie Venner. 12mo, $2.00. The Guardian Angel. 12mo, $2.00. Soundings from the Atlantic. 16mo, $1.75. John Lothrop Motley. A Memoir. 16mo, $1.50. W. D. Howells. Venetian Life. 12mo, $1.50. Italian Journeys. $1.50. Their Wedding Journey. Illus. 12mo, $1.50; S8mo, $1.25. Suburban Sketches. Illustrated. 12mo, $1.50. A Chance Acquaintance. Illus. 12mo, $1.50; 18mo, $1.25. A Foregone Conclusion. 12mo, $1.50. The Lady of the Aroostook. 12mo, $.50. The Undiscovered Count
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, A Glossary of Important Contributors to American Literature (search)
rofessional publications are Currents and Counter-Currents in Medical science, with other addresses and essays (1861); Medical essays (1883). He is best known for his literary work, and contributed to the Atlantic monthly the famous papers and poems published in 1859 under the title of The Autocrat of the breakfast table. Other publications are The Professor at the breakfast table (1860); The poet at the breakfast table (1873); the New Portfolio (1886); over the Teacups (1890), His novel Elsie Venner was published in 1861; The Guardian angel in 1868 ; and A Mortal Antipa-Thy in 1885. He also issued Urania, poem (1846); Astrcea, poem (1850); Songs in many keys (1862); Soundings from the Atlantic, essays (1863); Mechanism in thought and morals (1871); Songs of many seasons (1875); The schoolboy (1878); John Lothrop Motley, a memoir (1878); The iron gate, and other poems (1880); Pages from an old volume of life (1883); Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1884); Our hundred days in Europe (188
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